I don't want to be left on a hospital bed and starved to death because the nurse fails to give me food. I don't want to lie in my own excrement for hours until someone decides to clean me up. Or sit on a commode in full view of other patients on the ward. And I don't want the doctors and nurses to talk over me about personal things while other patients listen in.
I have heard some horror stories on the radio this morning from people who have had first hand experiences.
It appears that the NHS has a crisis in relation to caring for elderly people because there are more and more elderly people and less and less money to care for them. The UK is more or less broke.
People are living longer partly because the hospital care for younger people appears to be adequate. It is the older patient who gets the short straw. They are a nuisance and they are hogging beds. Hospitals want them out of the way. The administration will do anything to get rid of them:
- don't feed them - starve them to death.
- or feed them but put the food out of reach! Same thing, different technique.
- give them a drip of glucose laced with morphine - speed you on your way to the other side.
- Put "nil by mouth" on the end of the bed even though the person is quite capable of eating and drinking and is starving.
- Kick the old geezer out to be looked after by relatives.